Preparing for Ramadan

Ismail Kamdar


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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah

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wa Salatu was salam wa ala Bukhari while he was having coffee.

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With me, it's good to see you all again, after a long, long time. They are some of you a secret you might be weak and some of you haven't seen in over a year. And it's just nice to see everyone in person again, I'm the doula

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on the verge of our second Ramadan in pandemic, so inshallah it will be a better Ramadan than last year's, we've all been sick of field and leaving the level five lockdown, the CH, Ella, things will be a bit better.

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For those of you who don't know, we will be having around here. And I will be doing a short five minute

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Tafseer before each, each title. Right. So what I'll be doing is I'll be taking

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a overview of one of the main themes that we'll go to our nights of care of, right, so our wicked verses are going to be recited at night. And I will discuss the main themes from those verses. And we lose inshallah every night for the entire month of Ramadan. But what we're going to do today is I'm going to walk you through a presentation I've done internationally in many different places. I By the way, this is my third my decoration.

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workshop in one week, right? Or last week, Sunday, I did the same thing, Pakistan, through the internet, obviously, we can travel at the moment. And then Monday, again to Malawi. And now I'm delighted. So there's a lot of demand for this information. And I'm really like benefiting people around the world. And we need to benefit our own community as well.

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So please, do

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many, many people, Ramadan comes in goes and it doesn't really make any change in their life. And

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one one of the problems we are dealing with at the moment it will with the younger generation. Not sure how many of you are aware of this, but a lot of young people don't want to fast anymore.

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This flat out you say I'm a fasting.

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And I see this as a next step from the appearance generation according to priests aligning.

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Because if one generation that read the second pillar of Islam seriously, the generation after not going to take any of the pillars of Islam seriously. Right. And so we now have this problem that we have young people saying I don't want to question

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and many of them.

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When you asked him, Why do you see that fasting doesn't do anything, it just makes us

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they will point out to many people in the community who fasts every year,

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but this will the same. There's no improvement in the dakwah there's no improvement in the practice of Islam. It's just a it's just like 29 days of being a good Muslim and the rest of our lives. So what what went wrong?

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What went wrong? Is I think one of the things that went wrong is for many of us Ramadan is just a cultural thing. It's just a cultural thing that we have come to be faster than because we don't we never ever asked ourselves why do we fast?

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Why did Allah give us this month as a gift? And this really is what Ramadan is it's a gift. And it's a gift that not everybody is going to get because how many people passed away this week alone? How many people have passed away in the past Ramadan until now in all of our families, so every Ramadan that reaches us is a gift from us. And we have to take advantage of this gift and use it in a way that's going to benefit us and

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it's a question we should ask ourselves is what do you want to achieve in Ramadan? You see, Ramadan is not just a matter of

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you know of of just doing the that basic level everybody should be doing already that every Ramadan we are fasting, we bring our we will reciting Quran What do you want to achieve? What What's your goal that you're going to look at and say okay, I exited the Ramadan on a higher level the night ended. What are you looking at? What's your milestone?

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And the last question based on all of these is, what are we doing wrong? That is stopping us from achieving our Ramadan box. So many of us enter Ramadan with goals but

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by the end of Ramadan, we are already I would say by the 10th day of Ramadan, we are burnt out. Many of us you'll see many people on the first day of Ramadan. We only give God this energy indium they have excitement in them and is high goals. And by the 10 to 15 day they are finished. They are completely finished with it just waiting for it. So what goes wrong

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So what I'm going to discuss today is going to cover three more slides. The first one will discuss what are the goals and objectives of Ramadan? The cost of Ramadan? Number two, what are we doing wrong? That will be the next slide? What are we doing wrong in Ramadan? And the third slide? What can we do instead? To make Ramadan? Ramadan, that makes sense for my dad, and he's beneficial for us. So, the overall theme of the season, what how can we do better?

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How Ramadan is good for many of us, how can it be better? That's what we do. Okay, so let's begin with the most important thing related to any act of violence. And that is the Mufasa the goals of that act of worship. Now, most of you have attended our lectures last year on abortion, you understand the concept of the goals of Islamic law. So based on that, right, what we studied, there was the general goals of Islamic law, that the overview that this is Islam, this is the goals. However, every act of the body has its own because every act of divided has its own goals. And the earliest books dealing with mocassin didn't deal with an overview of the entire Sharia, but with

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specific acts of the body, for example, in my mind, because

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again, he goes into specifically the maqasid of passing the cost of Salah, the cost of zacapa each act of worship, he breaks down why do we do it? Or what do we hope to achieve from it? And so that's what we are going to go through here. What are the goals of Ramadan, and most of these goals are either stated in the Quran or stated in the Hadees or we derive them from our understanding of the Quran and Hadees. The first one is most obvious it is clearly explicitly stated in the Quran. We all know this verse VI, every single year before Ramadan Surah Al Baqarah, chapter number two verse 183, we have a lot to handle with Allah commands us to pass the Allah

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so that your attack will be increase. So right day nav established the number one goal of Ramadan is to increase our tempo. That is the that is the moxa the goal of Ramadan. If we did not exit Ramadan on a higher level of tacos, and we hinted, then there is something wrong how we spend our Ramadan. Related to that is recharging our mind. So Ramadan is a month in which we give our demand a boost.

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Now is everybody familiar with the concept of demand increasing and decreasing? It is something we all are aware that our image fluctuates, nobody's highest all the time. Right? Nobody is at the high level all the time. You get those days when you feel like you can do anything. And you get those days when you barely get to the base of extraversion. So Allah subhanho wa Taala created us like this, and he knows our nature. And so he created certain things to keep our demand high. Number one on the list is praying five times a day. Number two is Juma. And number three is

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that these three things exist to keep our Eman high. So if you're praying five times a day, five times a day, you are doing something that keeps you from going to law. When you go for Juma, you get the Emanuel's and when the month of Ramadan comes, you get that supercharged demand, it's like nothing else. And all three are mentioned together in a single release, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that defies follow up from one job to the next and from one Ramadan to the next, is a means of forgiveness for anything that happened in between. So he mentioned three things in his Hadees that cause Alison to be forgiven, praying five times a day attending Juma and

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observing the month of Ramadan. So these three acts of Avada are related. And one of the things that connect them is that they give us in mind groups, they stop us from collapsing in our mind, and from hitting rock bottom. And that's why you will notice, very often people who end up leaving Islam, they're not people who are praying five times a day, they're not people who have asked in the month of Ramadan. These are people who first say, I'm not going to pray five times a day. Right? And after a few years, they stopped fasting the month of Ramadan. And after a while, they stop going for tomorrow. And then you hear that they left Islam. Why? Because slowly they are letting go of those

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things that keep your in mind. And if you have nothing in your life, keeping your mind clear, it's just going down and down and down until it reaches zero. And that's when apostasy happens.

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That's part of the other condition when the Prophet Somalis have said that outfall Cobain and our

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common taraka who forgot copper, that the difference between us and the disbelievers is the solar whoever abandons it will lead the way. Whoever values the Salah will end up leaving Islam. So this is a warning from the Prophet

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Hello lovely people. So in other benefit of Ramadan is to learn self control, and we get this one be heavy so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he explained to the young people and he said that whoever amongst you is able to should get married and whoever is unable to get married should fast because it helps you to control yourself. Right And so from this Heidi's, and the various versions of it, we understand that one of the goals of Ramadan is to teach us self control. If we can stay away from Palenque in the muck of Ramadan, we can stay away from food and water in the month of Ramadan, then we should have a stronger motivation to stay away from Iran for the rest of

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the year. So self control is a primary goal of Ramadan number four is to connect us with Allah subhanho wa Taala through sola and to connect us with Allah again. Just like with fasting many of us are doing it to ritually when it comes to sell out and Quran many of us are doing it with children. And so in Ramadan, many people create the Rawi but their minds are nothing. And many of us recite the Quran many times, but we don't understand the word of it.

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The goal is not just to break a ravine or just to recycle, right? It's to connect with Allah through the salah and through the Quran. to experience a closeness with our Creator to experience an imagined hype experience, the love of lots of Allah through worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala

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And one last goal of the month of Ramadan is that it is a time of repentance. It's a time of protecting ourselves from sin and earning Allah's forgiveness. And I covered this on Friday, Rachel mahoba radio Juma football we had a Friday was about Ramadan in the month of forgiveness, where we spoke about all the diseases related to Ramadan and forgiveness. And we said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said we already mentioned earlier from one Ramadan to the next is a means of forgiveness for anything in between. But in another Hadith he said whoever first the month of Ramadan with Eman seeking Allah what sincerely all of the sins are forgiven? Another Hadith he

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said whoever spends the nights of Ramadan inshallah, would he mind seeking Allah reward all of his sins are forgiven. And another Hadees. He said, Whoever spends later go further in worship, with a mercy Allah will give a seeking unless we want all of the sins are forgiven. And when he was asked, What do we say on the other? Is the duo most forgiving? You love to forgive? So forgive me. When we put all of these pieces together, what does that tell you? Ramadan is all about forgiveness. That's what all of these readings are telling us that Ramadan is all about forgiveness, the goal of Ramadan, is that yes, each and every one of us in the past 11 months have committed many sins.

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Everybody does. It's humanly impossible, unless you are truly from the highest level of Odia to have gone 11 months out committing yourself. Right? So Allah knows, Allah knows we are weak. And because of this, he has given us all of these opportunities for forgiveness. And that's one of our goals in Ramadan. So when we approach Ramadan, it's not just going too fast. It's not just going to create the larvae. It's going to work on my cocoon. I'm going to work on my mind, I'm going to practice self control, I'm going to repent from my sense, I'm going to seek Allah's forgiveness. I'm going to connect with Allah subhana wa Taala. These should be the goals of Ramadan.

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And all of these put together help us to understand and practice Islam better. So if you are increasing your taqwa, if you are understanding the Quran, if you are improving the state of your mind, all of this together, will take your understanding of Islam, of course, without your practice of Islam to the next level. So these are the goals of Ramadan. So what exactly do we do wrong? What exactly are we doing wrong when it comes to the month of Ramadan?

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And the mistakes I'm about to mention are not local mistakes. They are international mistakes. I've done this presentation all over the world. And every single community I've done this presentation to all of them admit to every single one of these mistakes in popular culture. It's not a celebrity. It's not an Indian thing. It's a global thing. Right? These are global problems that we need to overcome. Number one is overheating. Number one, it's not a South African thing, any way of being in the world. Muslims over eat was to hold the over eat.

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Why is this a problem?

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It's a problem for many reasons. When you read the books of purification of the soul, you will find that one of the things they emphasize is eating very moderately.

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And overeating has been listed amongst the corrupters of the nuts. One of the things that that makes you want to indulge in you and that's one of the things that makes you want to commit hard on actions.

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It's a, it's a holiday that leads to horror. That's what is overheating is a holiday that leads to harm because these two spiritual effects of overheating, number one, it makes us lazy to evaluate. When people overeat, they get too lazy to pray that are we to pray extra, you want to sleep, you want to relax, you want to chill, right? You feel too bloated. Number two, your shift what your desires play. When people overeat they desire to play. So one of our biggest problems is the mind when we are supposed to be learning self control. Many of us have absolutely no self control.

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And we eat like five meals a day, even though we only eating two, but the amount we eat is equal to five. So over eating is number one. And number two linked to that is oversleeping.

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Right? So many people, they want Ramadan to go fast. They want the star Thank you completely. So what do they do have an app? from Google to answer for some people will do to moderate Muslim hustle altogether. by skipping the second pillar of Islam, they solve big problem. Even if it's not that, if we are just sleeping the month of livadas away, then are we really taking advantage of this opportunity to collect data. If we just sleeping, when is a great time for our to ask to be answered, it's a time for our advisor to be accepted. It's a time for repentance to be accepted as a time for increasing our mind. And we are just sleeping,

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there will be going to be the kind of people who just need to write that our life is just one big sweet one big snooze that we just slipping away. So this is no major problem. And then we have wasting time linked to that. So many of us we are not sleeping, we are wasting time. And we see this too many of us we run my dad, we spend our afternoons watching Netflix, or playing video games, or we just we don't worship.

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I think one of the problems here is we don't treat fasting as an act of worship, which really is just something that we're doing. And so why are we fasting, we're doing everything else we are backbiting we are proserpine we are watching TV, we are worshipping Allah. And so wasting time in Ramadan is a major mistake. A lot of people will tell you that. No, I don't have time. I don't have time to study. I've seen Ramadan but they are binge watching TV series you know. So it's not that we don't have time is that we are wasting time. And everybody can make time to worship Allah in the month of Ramadan.

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Problem number four this is this is an international problem but an overblown problem in our community.

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spending our Ramadan arguing, right, mood citing the Ravi, these are things that every Ramadan people are passionately arguing about, as if it's a matter of a minute. As if someone's computing ship. Like you have people breaking Family Ties because a family member preheater pastor Avi or because someone's following, you know, a different mood sighting system, or because you know, their relatives in that country are starting Ramadan a different day. When it comes to these areas of difference of opinion, understand that if you are following an opinion of a scholar, Allah is going to accept it from you. Allah is going to accept it from you. If someone's holding a different

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opinion, Allah is going to accept that from him. It's not a matter of you know that we started Ramadan one day later. So the past is not accepted, to give us to be accepted because they following a different issue. Right. Some other Massey canabis 20 regard some says he had some serious, no number, right? Whichever scholar you are following, Allah will judge you according to the opinion you believe is most correct. He's not going to judge you according to somebody else's opinion. This is how it works. So don't argue.

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We will be arguing Ramadan, we start the month with hostility, and we end the month with hostility. And we spend the month fighting with our brothers and sisters in Islam. How can we progress spiritually when we are constantly in a state of fighting with other Muslims? So argumentation over differences of opinion, just Zippy during Ramadan and focus on your own relationship with Allah, focus on your own relationship with Allah.

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The next major mistake that we make is that we spend too much time socializing. If third parties. I this is a big one if that party so we will go all out to the socialization you know, that we will spend time hanging out with our friends and we spend time you know with these huge lavish family gatherings and what happens and I've seen this so many times

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By time you finish over eating and sitting and talking and gossiping or backbiting. We're too lazy for taraweeh

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everyone's too lazy to go to the machine with a ramen. So just be shy.

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If the ratio is excessive socializing,

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we contradicts the spirit of Ramadan. Because what's one of the main acts of worship associated Ramadan? It take off. What did you take off? the cuff is this is isolating yourself from people to worship? Because that's meant to be the spirit of our mother, that you focusing on your relationship with Allah. And yes, you will visit family. Yes, you will form your family. Yes, you will spend time with other people. But your number one priority is your relationship with Allah. That's number one. Well last year, I mean, when started, a lot of people have asked me what are you going to do in Ramadan? Ramadan is locked down. Sal hamdulillah Allah has forced all the possibility comes from

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other. We all know it's been 29 days, privately alone worshiping Allah don't treat it as a burden treated as he take off, three as a snack, if nothing before someone accused me of not literally at golf, but in terms of the effects they have. Right that you are alone worshipping Allah for 2019 this year, this year 100 things are easier. You have the Ravi, we have Juma. We can visit our family. But still for the majority of the day, try to stay away from too much socialization, and focus instead on the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And the last mistake on the list is changing. And this is really changing in our communities.

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This was a major problem 10 or 20 years ago, but over time it has been changing. That's the superspeed Dharavi, right, so

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about 10 years ago, it was very difficult to find a Masjid in Durban where people prayed Ravi slowly. I almost held the masjid he was likely you couldn't understand a word that he mommy's reciting. It's all about finishing the Quran as quickly as possible. That still exists in some mastery. But we still have options at hamdulillah I can think of at least five or more masters in this area where they recite the Quran slowly with incited properly with that read within three to Dharavi as an act of ibadah Adventure something to get through. And so now if any of us are from that crowd who go for superspeed or Avi, we need to change that. Because I honestly believe that

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when you are praying the rosary at that speed, you are disrespecting Allah. You are this is speaking Allah, you're disrespecting the Quran. Because that's not how life's supposed to be worshipped. That is not how the Quran is supposed to be recited. It has to be done with worship. And so make sure that we are praying to Ravi within imao, who recites in a way that is respectful to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is respectful to the Quran itself. So these are the mistakes and the solutions I'm going to give are basically related to these, right, and these will help us inshallah to have a really practical and beneficial Ramadan. Starting number one, we said the number one problem is

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overheating. The number one solution is the tsunami, which is like super, like

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eat moderately for support, eat moderately.

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Now, some people may say, but I get really hungry. But think about it. Well, if downtime comes,

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we get full very quickly, right? It's just a matter of while we are passing, we go into a state of grief. So it's a matter of them self discipline, enough to be able to function properly throughout the day. And by the way, it's having be able to function properly throughout the day. It's not about how much you eat. It's about the quality of food you eat. Because if we are over eating at school, and we are eating all kinds of junk and sugary things, and oily things, we are not going to have energy for that. But if you are having a great meal that's full of vitamins and nutritions. And you know the good that gives you, you know, energy throughout the day, that's going to be far more

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beneficial. So let's focus on on the change. And this is the hardest thing to change by the way. Well, my friends and I were talking about this yesterday, we said that

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the one resolution that everybody makes in Ramadan and breaks on day one is going to have a holiday.

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Every year everybody says this, you're going to have healthy fat, they want the assumption out, right? It's the hardest thing to change. So I'm not saying that you're going to go to full diet. But, you know, be realistic. That Okay, if I'm eating some cells, I'm going to have one or two now that doesn't right try to try to

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Cut down. I only expect people to just jump from one side to the other, but just cut down what we are doing. How do we know we eating properly for if that easy, you don't feel bloated when you go further away.

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If you don't feel bloated at taraweeh you eat the right amount. If you are dizzy and tired and hungry in the lobby,

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if you are burping and needing to run to the bathroom a few times and you have your tummies painting interrai you eat too much. The best way to ensure that you that you have a beneficial turabi is that you eat lightly. And my life we don't mean too little, I mean enough, right? So let us have the lightest to go. And if that this is the sooner This is the sooner you will not find the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam ever, ever over eating in his entire life, even if it's just against the front, right, but first of all, and if done their specific narration, so showing us how much we ate, and it's, it's very, very little compared to the amount of food we consume. So your main way of

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measuring to whole is you had energy throughout the day. And your main way of measuring if that is you're able to concentrate. That's when you know you're

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Okay, number two, he says nationalization the problems, of course, the solution

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is avoid socializing as much as possible. Now, maintaining Family Ties is important. Right? So I'm not saying that if your family calls you over, we say no, continue to next month. No, but you cut down, right? So if you go into a family member's house, would you like to know how to be at the masjid for a further are we at seven o'clock, so I'm going to leave at 630. Right, and you stick to the time, so you're not cutting family ties, you're not distancing yourself with a family, we just limiting the amount of time spent socializing so that you have more time for anybody. Right. So you have to find a balancing act, the balancing act between fulfilling family ties and making more time

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for it shouldn't be such that every single day you were saying yesterday about an invitation to any third party. And because of that you just don't attend to worship a lot, because you're always either hosting people or missing people. And by the way, we asked him in the pandemic, so we shouldn't be having third parties anymore. Right. But I think everyone's forgotten the dependent because we were just tired of it. But we are still in a pandemic. So if that really shouldn't be a thing yet, but I know they're going to be so this is the advice for dealing with it.

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Okay, the next two points, I've just mentioned them together because they are linked. So one of the ways to ensure that you have time Ramadan to worship Allah properly is to set a schedule, and to set a schedule linked around your goals, your goals being to figure out how you can improve this year. Now one of the mistakes a lot of people make, and I see this mistake specifically amongst young people, is that they aim too high. What do I mean by aim too high? They love young people see that this Ramadan. inshallah for the rest of my life, I've never committing a sin again. I guess they go there for the rest of my life, never committing a sin again. That's a nice goal. But it's an

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unrealistic goal. And probably by the end of Ramadan, you're

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right, it's just not it's not humanly possible goal to achieve. So what I say instead is, find something that you can change, find something that you can change. So maybe if you're not in the habit of waking up on time to say this Ramadan, I'm going to make slacker but you have I happen to know that's a realistic goal. That's something you can stick to for life. Right? If you're not in the habit of praying, the sooner you can make that your goal, you can say it. Therefore, this Ramadan onwards, I'm going to pray the Sunnah every day for the rest of my life. That's a realistic goal to set. That's something you can actually do. If someone has a habit of smoking, they can say

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this Ramadan, I'm giving up smoking. That's a realistic goal. You see, you can't give up everything in one month. And you can't start doing everything in one month. You have to be realistic. And each of us know our own bounty servers can change two or three things. Some of us can change five or 10 things, each of us at different levels in our mind, but it is about finding what is realistic and working on that. So you look at your areas of weakness, whether it's also whether it's our new low in the gates, whether it's smoking, whether it's overeating, whether it's not praying too soon, or whatever it is find your area of weakness and fix at least one or two in Ramadan. What that means is

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that by the end of the month of Ramadan, you have a measurable result that I have increased my tempo, right so for example, someone who never used to pray budget before Ramadan, if they are in the habit of praying budget after Ramadan, that the power has increased. That is a measurable increase in someone who never used to pray the sooner who is now paying the sooner This is now

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A measurable increase in tempo, someone who had a problem. Physically someone is very miserly or stingy. Right. And they forced themselves in Ramadan, they did charity every single day. And by the end of Ramadan, they are now generous, but hamdulillah they have improved it, they have improved. So the point is find something realistic, find a realistic way to improve yourself in the month of Ramadan, and stick to it and put that into your schedule. So what do I mean by schedule? I mean that many of us say we don't have time, right? Make time, make a schedule will tell you something Ramadan, after selecting a budget, I will recycle on for 30 minutes. That's not part of your

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schedule in Ramadan before, if that I'm going to sit and meet you after 15 minutes, that's now in the schedule. Make sure your schedule is not just related to your work and cooking, and all of that. But it includes blocks for that you have time for Quran, we have time for two hour, you have time for decode, you have time for taraweeh. It's all scheduled. So you can't see I don't have time each day on the timetable. It is the time to do that. Making a schedule works. And for many of us who say our lines are too busy. This is one of the only ways to stop ourselves from seeing that it is too busy.

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The next point and we're coming to the end of the presentation, we just have two or three more points, and then we open the q&a and close up. But the next point is that make time to understand the brand. Now how did you I think everybody makes time to recite karate Ramadan. Everybody makes time to recite the Quran, every Ramadan. And this is something that is an important aspect of Avada. It's something that we all do. It's something that gets encouraged. Something that is that all the unboosted used to do, but they also used to make time to understand.

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And for many of us, for many, many people in our community, they have never once read the Quran understand. For many people in our community, they don't even know what to apply to our case, we will know the rest of the Quran. And so make time to understand the Quran. And there's so many ways to do that. By the way. There are so many ways to do that. In this day and age. There are YouTube video series out every single day explaining the Quran in Ramadan by at least 10 or 20 different channels, right, you can find 1000s of videos, just pick one and follow must change. Many masters have a a session before after that I'll be explaining some of the verses as we are going to do as

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well. There are books out as well. And by the way, I myself have contributed to all of this. So I myself have a ebook out. I have a book out called themes of the Quran fortune is out of print at the moment. It's meant for Ramadan, I've got another one coming out tomorrow is going to be a free ebook that will be a explanation of the Quran, a summarized explanation of the Quran that's meant for people to lead one Jews a day of Ramadan. And then we have our Ramadan lectures as well. And we have our YouTube series as well. So many people are doing this all over the world. There's no excuse now to say that, oh, I don't understand the Quran causes nobody to explain it to me. No, go online,

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there are dozens of people around the world who dedicate their Ramadan to explain the Quran. Just pick one of them, any one of them, who is authentic and who is a good scholar and follow them and learn the Quran from them. Because the point is not just to recite the Quran, but to benefit from the Quran and for the Quran to enter our hearts and to change our lives. Because when you look at the verse in the Quran, which talks about Ramadan is only one verse in the Quran that mentions the word Ramadan. And it's about the Quran. In surah baqarah chapter number two verse 185, Allah Subhana Allah says, shocking Ramadan and the Quran who telling us that the month of Ramadan Quran was

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revealed as a guidance for mankind. It's not meant just for this it is meant for guidance. It's in the post of Ramadan. Ramadan is about the Quran. The Quran is about guidance. Therefore in Ramadan, the Quran should be our source of guidance. So make sure you're doing something this Ramadan to bring that guidance into your life.

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The next point and this is our second last point and we are done for the presentation. Choose the right mastery for tomorrow.

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If you know in your community that they are three questions, one recites too fast. Another one, recite Okay, and the third one, the third one hits the spot. It gives you the cushion. That demand visitation fills you with demand. It takes you to the moon.

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Go to that machine. Make sure you go to the masjid with its ups with the Quran. The Quran gives you that demand they take you to that next level. And we all have choices at hamdulillah. Well we know we have a lot of choices. There are many, many masters around us many different groups around us. Some of

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Every site fascinates me site slow some type of C program, some don't. As I said, we over here, we will be having the rally recycled properly. And we will be having a five minute fcn. Before as well. I'm not saying you have to come here. I'd like to see your faces here. But wherever you go, just make sure it's a place with a lot of fixed your heart and not where the mob is reciting the way that disrespectful to the Quran. Just choose a place that gets you that you might have to switch everything.

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And finally, finally, to end off our last point, avoid or rather eliminate your time ministers. Now, many of us waste time. And I'm not saying

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especially when I talk to young people, I don't say that this Ramadan, just sit and do all the cleaning for seven from beginning to end. That's, that's an unrealistic goal. And none of us can can maintain that. I'll be a hypocrite for saying that because I can't maintain that myself. I myself, look at my Ramadan schedule. I have two hours after taraweeh for relaxing, right? Because our brains need to relax. We can't only do a bad quality of life. We are not at that level. Maybe some of you all

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right, so cut down your time wasters. If someone is accustomed to spending five hours a day watching TV in Ramadan, bring it down to

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two hours. Right? If you're accustomed to watching all kinds of nonsense in Ramadan, and you want to watch a TV series, and you feel like you need to do something to relax. Why did you watch it to rule oopsy knees or something like that. I'm not saying it's 100% Hello, but it's a bad option. It's a better option than watching something else. If someone used to play 10 hours of video games a day, you shouldn't be thinking about the video games a day, right? When it's not

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two hours one hour, something that's realistic to make you relax without getting in the way of your body. So I'm not saying don't have any fun. I'm not saying that you need to be engaged in Ebola 24 seven at all. And all I'm saying is make sure that you will know medallions. You can look back and say this was a productive Ramadan, I did not waste my time. And when you work with a schedule when everything is done in this place, even when you have a vaccine, we don't feel like you're wasting time because it's done in a controlled manner. And it's done with the purpose that I am relaxing so I can be energized to worship online.

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right you're not wasting time, you're simply relaxing to reading your energy. And that's fine. Right? relaxing doing something allows a few hours a day is fine that should not be the overwhelming main thing that we are doing throughout the day. So with that we come to the end of this presentation hope that you all found it beneficial. And now before we close up can open the floor to any questions anyone have any Ramadan questions that they want to ask the opportunity

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Okay, so important question and even amongst my teachers in different opinions, right so the question is that some people say in Ramadan, you should finish the entire course on as many times as possible, or they say recite the entire Quran once but would understand. Right?

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So what do you do? So my approach is, it depends what level you're at in your life. What stage are you at in your life? For someone who has never read the Quran understanding before, I will tell the person take a step back.

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Recite one Jews again will understand that will have a more transformative effect on your life than just reciting the entire Quran or understanding. But for someone who has spent the whole like every year studying the FCA and attending Holocaust reading translation of the Quran, whichever person wants to finish the Quran 20 times 30 times a month of Ramadan

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because they have an understanding of the Quran the Quran is a property like they are living by it, I will say still make time to attend a few lectures to the time for the double for reflecting on the Quran. But there's nothing wrong with reciting the Quran as many times as possible. However, if you have the Quran is not the means of guidance in your life yet they take a step back and make it a means of guidance in your life. So now there were 14 years old, I tried that I was in the habit of reciting the Quran as many times as possible. Every Ramadan and one Ramadan he said, Every night I remember every night I read one Jew

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of the Quran with the use of a new translation that Ramadan changed my life because that was the first time in my life I actually understood the message of the Quran the next year either with a different translation of just a minute with the seals and it became a habit that transformed my life and helped make the Quran part of my life so it's something especially for young people that I recommend someone who is who has never in their life engaged in the Quran, take a step back and do so, someone who are hungry laddie look by the Quran throughout the year the eating of Caesar altogether the translations, the in Ramadan, recite as much as you want to decide as much as you can

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write also make time for this separately.

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In other questions.

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Listen to this answer. Is there a direct invites to competing

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practice rows of data. So the reciting the entire karate question is is it any prophetic statement, which derived from is that every Ramadan he will recite entire Quran to be prompted to log in so the menu will recycle the entire program by just basically to hundreds and in the lab because debris will recycle it and the profit so lots of recycling actually becomes the entire Quran twice Ramadan. And in his last Ramadan sugar, he cited the entire Quran twice, and the prophets lie some recycling backpacks. So it became 400. So from there, the early Muslims understood that reciting the entire Quran in the month of Ramadan is something that the prophet SAW some did. And

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so they also started doing it for many reasons, like for example, from Sharpies to recite the entire Quran wanted Ramadan many many times Mr. Malik is to teach highly throughout the year can Ramadan to close these books interested in beside Quran for the entire month of Ramadan? So this is the practice of the early Muslims derived from that tradition of Jabra you insight into the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. That's where it comes from. So that is the basis for it.

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Yes, that's the point they understood the Quran first. That's, that's true. Of course, we can continue to be names I mentioned. Now people want us to do so for them to recite it over and over again.

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But now, that's why I said it all depends what level you

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know, if someone has never understood the Quran before, that should be the main focus.

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But for those of us who have some decent understanding of it, there's nothing wrong with reciting it many times as well. Right? Because there's also

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a particular word sacred.

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To reflect. Yeah, that's also and it's also conditioned not to reflect that any verse of the Quran is also the good, which is also active. Right. So that's also something to make time for Ramadan. By that, you know, if you take some photos and you recycle, it will take me that's also divided into all these things we just mentioned animal watching.

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We're not talking about anything that if we leave it out,

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all of these are simply good deeds. And the beauty of our religion is each of us can do different things. So one person may be reciting the Quran 20 times in Ramadan. And Allah will accept that. Somebody else may have been cited in Haiku wrong once which translation understanding likes except from them. Somebody else may explain the 92 article alone except, right, these The only thing that's an extra why during the month of Ramadan, Ramadan is the fasting. That's the only thing that's an obligation. Everything else is optional, external things that we do. It's just the first thing and there's a calculator to the only things that are compulsory, everything else is optional. So we just

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discussing what's the best of the optional acts of worship. And again, that will change from person to person, because everybody has a different level of demand, and has different vibrations that they need to meet.

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So time is up. I can take one last question. If there's any technical

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input through Siri, there's a lot of information that's available.

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Who can't take in?

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So what should we seek to get out of the series it just enjoying the process of going through it? or seeing what sticks out for you? Or inflection all of those? What What should we see?

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So now our generation has the opposite problem of previous generations we have information overload, right? So in the past, you couldn't find anyone to teach you the Quran in Ramadan. Now we have like 30 different series to choose from. And some of us try to do three or four nowadays.

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Right, it is too much information going into our brains. So let's see what I what I would say. Pick one. Pick one thing, like one dissenting opinion, whether it's attending someone's halaqa, or one YouTube series or one group

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Read and if you can handle to picture but look at what are your goals if your goal is Ramadan is to get a basic understanding of the Quran, look for someone who do that and just stick with that person, if your goal is perhaps you know to focus on purification of the soul of the Quran, look for someone who's doing that,

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you know, if your goal is to double production to reflect and find someone who can help you with that, we all can do everything on how we like the amount of resources that we have available to us right now. It's it's overwhelming. It's something that people before wouldn't have imagined right. So, everybody should pick one or two things and just stick with them for the month of Ramadan what works for you, for some of us, he may be a one hour lecture because they are some people doing one hour lectures every night on YouTube. And some of us may find benefit in that you may watch a one hour lecture every night today Thai Ramadan. So for anyone who may be somebody else, you doing five

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minutes somebody else you do 15 minutes, you find what works for you, and you stick with that inshallah. And you know, as long as as long as there's consistency remember when if you if you worried about any kind of overload, go back to the Heidi's with the proper select subset, Allah loves a deed that is consistent even if it is more so even five or 10 minute thing that you're consistent with for your entire life will have a stronger effect on your mind then trying to overload yourself in the first few days of Ramadan.

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So with that we come to the conclusion and I hope you all found this beneficial is after a failed remember that we will have the robbery over here and I will do a five minute scene before the robbery every night Sharla we'll just do Maya we had in the past as well.

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my free eBook should be up tomorrow I'll post the link in the group shala for people to download. And also there are many YouTube series outdated or beneficial. The ones that are personally involved with not so much on the speaking side of one preparation side. The organization I work for yaqeen Institute, they have the 3430 program. So every night they will have three speakers speaking for 10 minutes each about the Quran inshallah might pop up once or twice, right but mainly chef woman so they must want to be handling it. So that's a beautiful scene is to follow each other and many many other resources This is enough will

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help us to reach Ramadan at the beneficial Ramadan for us all make it a means of increasing our tempo and being as close to him